The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
The number of world problems now exceeds 56,000. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 28,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the complementary Yearbook of International Organizations.
|Overemphasized leisure activities|
|Impairments of kinaesthesis|
|Unavailability of literacy classes|
|Failure to conceptualize large-scale problems|
|Isolated educational systems|
|Restrictive community size|
|Bankruptcy of countries|
|Difficult distribution decisions|
|Inadequate government taxation|
|Inadequate power of intergovernmental organizations|
|Restricted dairy regulation|
|Inadequate application of available knowledge to solve problems|
|Adverse consequences of scientific and technological progress|
|Perforation of internal organs|